Chapter 101: Velvet

While I was living with Mr. Ashes, new life sprouted back home…

I finally had a littermate! His name was Rowan, and he was a good boy, oh yes he was.

He had a lot of tree in him like Dark Lady Mother!

And Dark Lord Father played with him, the way he had when I was a pup.

But that was a long time ago. I wasn’t a dog-ter; I was a witch and demoness.

While I talked to Dark Lord Father, Mr. Ashes talked to Dark Lady Mother.

Of course Mr. Ashes was nearby. He could go a little farther from me as time went on, but he still had to stay close.

“Your mother and I were hoping you could stay longer this time, Velvet,” said Dark Lord Father.

“It’s hard to leave your kingdom too long when you’re a king of hell,” I said. After graduating, I’d helped Rexx conquer the ninth hell and ruled as his queen, but it meant I was far from my parents and littermate. “But I wish we could stay, oh yes I do…”

He set Rowan down and let him talk to sticks. If I were a dog, I would’ve chewed the sticks, but I wasn’t. “I’m grateful toward that demon for saving your life…but this is a dark, terrible price. Perhaps too dark and terrible even for my tastes. There are few things crueler than keeping a daughter from her father.”

I tried to be happy, because I could tell he was really sad. “But we’re here now,” I said, “and now we can spend lots of time together! And I can play with Rowan while you go on a date with Dark Lady Mother…”

“I wouldn’t be averse to that,” he admitted. “Even all-powerful warlocks need to make time to unwind with their lovely tree-wives…”

But Dark Lady Mother seemed even sadder than Dark Lord Father. “My daughter…”

“Don’t be sad,” I said.

“Are you…happy?” she asked. “So far away…where flowers don’t bloom…”

“I’m happy with Mr. Ashes. He gave up so much for me…”

“And how much…have you given up for him?”

I smiled at her. “It was a demonic pact, Dark Lady Mother. I’m trying to be a good girl when I’m near him. I’d ask to stay longer, but I don’t want to ask for too much…”

“Don’t forget…to be Velvet. You’re…my daughter. Your heart beats…and longs for more. When you want something…ask.”

“I will,” I promised, but I told myself I had everything I wanted. I was alive, and I was with Mr. Ashes. Sometimes, I got to see my family and even Belle and Gaston too.

“If my daughter is happy…I’m happy.”

I could be happy for her, especially when I got to play with Rowan! He liked to climb trees like a cat, because he was half-tree too.

“Look how high up he is!” I said to Rexx.

“Is he going to fall?” he asked. “I don’t think dryad spawn are as durable as demon spawn…”

Demon spawn… Would Mr. Ashes ever want to mate and have pups someday?

When I was with Rowan, I knew more and more how badly I wanted some. At least eight.

“He likes you,” said Mr. Ashes. “You’re a natural with spawn.”

“He’s my littermate, oh yes he is. Of course he loves me.”

“Weren’t you technically born from different litters?”

“It doesn’t matter,” I said. “That’s what he is to me.”

“…He is cute, for something so flammable.”

So we both played with Rowan! But we couldn’t play with him forever, not when we had the ninth hell to go back to.

Mr. Ashes took my hand, but only because he didn’t like having to use a leash. “…I’m sorry we couldn’t stay longer. I know you miss them.”

“It was enough,” I said, “seeing them for as long as I did. And I have you, Mr. Ashes.”

“You do,” he said in a low voice. “For eternity.” I couldn’t tell if he was happy or sad about it.

But he didn’t let go of my hand.

When dogs are around the person they love, they forget all their sadness. I wasn’t a dog anymore, but all my sadness soon disappeared…

32 thoughts on “Chapter 101: Velvet

  1. STOP REMINDING ME VELVET IS NO LONGER DOg my heart hurts, she’ll always be the best dogter I ever knew 😢

    “At least 8” I like this minimum, but can we press for more 👀👀👀👀👀👀

    IT’S LEAF–I mean Rowan
    I love that tree year old *wheeze*

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    1. I’m sorry! 😭 I miss the dogginess too… But hey, maybe they’ll add werewolves somedayyy

      ALSO you got enough babies out of me next gen, NO COMPLAINING, you’re a certain vampire’s godmother now ok.


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  2. Nooboo WitcHazard: Eeeeeeeeeekkkkkk! He’s so cute I want him gimme gimme!❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Lover WitcHazard: It’s official HGR can stick his dick in anything and make adorable nooboos!

    Dark WitcHazard: Yeah do demon pacts are a something else if you don’t read the fine print! Also I adore the name Rowan and Cement has the right idea with he could have been named Leaf, But as a DBZ fan he should be named Trunks period!

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    1. There’s Nooboo WitcHazard! 😉 Took long enough to get a baby in this story.

      And HGR is down for anything, apparently. LOL.

      Ha, Leaf was actually Rowan’s temporary name (most of my characters tend to have them before a gen starts for real). I have to remind myself sometimes that Ellie’s merman is Prince Kai and not Fish Fishman…


  3. Yesssssss the Baby Groot (or Rowan… close enough!) I’ve been waiting for all gen! 😂 He is so adorable. Good job HGR! magical sexy DNA at work once more 😍

    It’s hard not to feel a little worried for Velvet here. She should listen to her mother. She is so subservient by nature and always so eager to please… Hopefully she truly is happy, and will speak up if she ever isn’t 😬

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    1. Velvet’s not an only child anymore! Who doesn’t like Baby Groot? LOL.

      And that’s definitely a problem with Velvet–like Lani, she’s eager to please, but for different reasons. The final chapters of this gen are more open-ended than last gen’s so people can imagine their own endings until next gen starts. 😉

      Lyanna and Orlando had such a happy one though…! *hides*

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  4. Awww…that was so sweet! I can tell Rexx loves her. He didn’t protest at all! Looks like he’s not only getting used to Velvet but he enjoys her company.

    I’ll hsve to admit, hearing her almost ladylike speech is hard to take but understandable. Something had to die in order to bring her back. Dogs don’t live long. Sniff! 😭😭😭😭

    And she wants EIGHT nooboos! Rofl! There’s still some doggie on her. I bet she wouldn’t have to ask too hard. Rexx would give her anything! She helped him conquer the 9th hell! (I liked her witch like outfit).

    Looking forward to seeing some pups…or little demons in the next gen! 😊

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    1. Rexx definitely has a major soft spot for Velvet–things probably aren’t perfect, but they could be a lot worse.

      The doggy part of Velvet was my favorite part of her–and probably her favorite part of herself, so it really was a big sacrifice. But the choice was between that and dying. 😦

      And yes, she wants a big ol’ litter of pups, LOL. And Rexx gets to be king of (a) hell like he wanted, so he does feel a debt of gratitude. 😉

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  5. Awww. Velvet is certainly growing on Rexx. She is happy. And I think he is too. He brought her home to see her family so he cares. She helped him conquer the ninth hell so he should be happy! Lol….

    and She has a littermate! He’s adorable and a Rexx saw how good and happy she was with him. The seed was planted and I bet he’s now thinking about planting seeds of his own so he can have a demon/witch spawn too! Not sure he’ll go for eight though! Start with one… ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. They’ve found happiness in their strange situation! And being a demon king suits Rexx just fine. 😉

      His chapter is next, so you’ll see how he feels, but that seed is planted for sure, LOL. Rexx and 8 demonspawn… 😱

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  6. Phew. So glad trees are long-lived, so Rowan will have more than 20 years or so to live!
    Oh Velvet! Considering the size of Rexx’ family, you will not have eight pups. At least 40, I would guess. But goodness do I hope their spawn will be more endurable to flames 😂 Hearing Rexx talk about “flammables”

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      1. Oh whoops, I was misremembering!! I completely forgot what dress she wore. Lemme check through my cc again…

        Aha, that one is I believe Magnolian Farewell’s Cleo dress. (It just says MF in my files, but pretty sure that’s the creator.)

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